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Tell me yes tell me where did you first know her
She's all you could ask for and more
She doesn't walk so much as she glides on by ya'
I'm hoping she's fair game for sure
To be in her arms you'd be one in a million
I'm hoping she counts up that far
In dreams she's a wonder, in life she's an angel
St. Peter, please open your door

What would you think if you saw me right with her
You'd probably laugh then I'm sure
No one in their right mind would think I could give her
A home or a love to endure
If she's only fair game I'll pray she'll take my name
Strange things have happened before
But fair game or no game perhaps it's just the same
If I walked her straight to her door

Many's the time that I wanted to tell her
To take me, I'm already yours
As time slips on by I'm still counting the hours
This fever must wait for a cure
Yet I need no showman with no magic potion
I'm headed for no doctor's door
Good feelin' is one thing and I'm feelin' no pain
Fair game is love when you're poor
Fair game is love when you're poor


from Native Sons - Deluxe Reissue, released November 6, 2020
Written by Sid Griffin/Stephen McCarthy
© Sid Griffin/Stephen McCarthy
Published by Warner Bros Music Ltd/Bug Music


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The Long Ryders Los Angeles, California

The Long Ryders founded alt-country with their 1984 album, Native Sons, and helped codify and popularise Americana throughout their career. Crossing Byrds/Buffalo Springfield electric guitars and harmonies with a Sex Pistols/Ramones rhythm section was their idea and their legacy. Their signature songs Looking For Lewis And Clark and I Had A Dream have never left the airwaves. ... more

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